@belle and I recently decided to shift our marketing angle somewhat: now, building our personal profiles is just as important as content for any of the products, because the more visible we are, the more that flows back to what we make. So in the spirit of being more visible, I went and did a blog post. That’s two this year already! Crazy. I wrote about why I own a phone with a hardware keyboard in 2017 (but you shouldn’t). #blogging #content
Hello LittleLogs! Since my last log here I have:
- finished reading another couple of books setting up my #GoodReadsChallenge at 27/25. Not bad!
- took a flight to Scotland to spent both Christmas and New Year’s Eve with the Significant Other. Too bad he’s a doctor and he’ll be working all night tonight 🙁
- decided to go for HSK (#Chinese proficiency test) in February 2017. I will have to adjust my study schedule accordingly in future weeks.
- produced a lot of #blog #content before the end of the year. It was hard but I’m hugely proud to say that I did it!
2016 has been a tough but also satifying year. Happy 2017, the Year of the Rooster!
Had two calls this week relating to my work situation for 2017. Nothing official yet, but something very promising in the works, and hopefully I can announce that soon.
Somewhat disappointed for not having been able to work on #blog #content yesterday. I had a rather relaxed/chilled out day mostly made of #readings and #tvseries [finished watching #ColdCase season 4!]. I did manage to do both #anki and #memrise for #Chinese first thing in the morning. I started writing stuff in my new 2017 #planner which is from Japanese brand #Muji. Oh and I also baked my very own bread loaf yesterday! Very proud of that 🙃
I’m trying to find new balance since I decided to devote 85% of my productive time to my professional training as an #archivist.
Once at home I finished scanning the articles I was interested to from a library book on #shamanism (that can now be returned) and then produced some #content from my #blog (though I didn’t publish the post like I was supposed to).
Edited a #client #content article and sent off the invoice, sent out four #customerdevelopment emails to get feedback about #changemap, and followed up with a one-off client to see if they have any more content work for me.
Back to work today after a lot of relaxing before/during/after my birthday! Not working too hard, though, because it’s SO HOT! Ugh.
Spent quite a bit of time putting together new pitches for #client #content work this afternoon. A couple of my clients have cut back my workload, so I’m in panic mode again about having enough work in the future. A stop gap job isn’t very good if it’s not stable while you work on your side project! Debating different options for improving that situation, but don’t want to take my focus off #HelloCode if I can help it.
Also published a planner review on my #blog that I’ve been meaning to finish for a while, and wrote up a long post about my analogue planner setup for next year. And did some final edits on another draft I had waiting, so I think I’ll hit my goal of publishing 4 posts on my blog this month!
I’ve been working a bit extra on #client #content work lately so I could have this week off without losing income. So far I’ve mainly just been relaxing, but sometimes you need a break to do nothing and recover for a bit. Hoping to get some good work done for #HelloCode later in the week, as well as some #birthday fun!
Worked on some #research #sketchnotes for a #client #content article today. They take up so much of my time that I’m working on figuring out a process that gives me the benefits of sketchnotes without taking so long.
Yesterday I finished up my #client #content work for the week. Really need to get onto client work earlier in future weeks so it doesn’t bleed into my weekend. I’m also adjusting my schedule to take on more client work in working weeks, but have one week off every month.
Also caught up with a friend on Friday who’s been travelling for more than a year. It was nice to catch up, but it made me realise how little progress I’ve made in the past year, which made me sad. I’d planned to be working full-time on #HelloCode by the end of this year but we’ve struggled to grow so much that end of next year is looking more likely. #laterlog
A bit tired tonight but happy to wrap things up.
Work 1 had its to do list all cleared up and even some tasks that have been dealt with in advance for next week. I’m behind on my work 2 though, as everyday new things come up and it becomes quite hard to stick to a plan. Got stuff done anyway.
Ahh keep forgetting to log lately! Here’s what I’ve done over the past couple days:
- Sent an #exist for #ios update to the #appstore that includes #location tracking. Finally! I’ve been working on this for months, so I’m relieved to have it released. #milestone
- Sent an Exist for iOS update to beta testers that syncs more data from #healthkit
- Started drafting one of three #client #content articles due this week
- Did my personal #monthlyreview for October
- Sent out my weekly #newsletter
Working on both #content and #editing for the #blog today. Also posted a photo on my personal #instagram account. From an offline point of view, I worked on trying to adjust my yearly #goals to the very last part of the year to see what realistically can be accomplished in these remaining two months. Also finished reading the Fall of Atlantis by Marion Zimmer Bradley today, liked it a lot and also reached 88% of my reading challenge on #GoodReads.
I’ve been refreshing the Google Store orders page all day, waiting for my new Pixel phone to ship! It’s finally shipped now, so I’m refreshing the parcel tracking page instead 😏
In other news, I did quite the catch-up today on #client #content work. I drafted two of my three articles due this week, and followed up all my client emails. Looks like with another productive day tomorrow I’ll have the weekend free for #exist for #ios work.
This week has been going much better in terms of my mood and motivation. I did lots of small tasks, emails, etc. on Monday morning and spent Monday afternoon doing #research #sketchnotes for a #client #content article.
Wrote and sent a #client #content article today. Also set up a short Google form to send to my clients to get some feedback on my work, so I can keep improving. Sent it out to two clients today and got one response already. This morning I started drafting a new, short writing project I’ve had in mind for a little while, and also started working on another project I thought of today. Both shouldn’t take too long, but I need to be disciplined enough to get them finished and released!
Yesterday I did an interview for a podcast, and otherwise spent most of the day reading and working on topic ideas to pitch for #client #content work. Feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment, as there’s plenty of client work to do, and work on #exist to be done, but I also really want to work on a bunch of ideas to increase my product income so I can rely less on freelancing. Too much to do! #laterlog
#uni day today. Watched this week’s lecture and read my textbook. Also did some research into magazines I could pitch for work. Learning very little overall, so pretty sure I won’t keep going with this degree when this unit is over. Considering switching to a psychology degree instead, as I think that would be applicable to my #writing work, but I need to think it over some more.
Also followed up some emails but I’m putting off pitching new #client #content work. Pitching is the bane of my existence these days. It’s like pulling teeth, and never gets any easier. I don’t know how other writers do it.
Forgot to log yesterday! Here’s what I did:
- Sent off 3 #client invoices for last week
- Finally edited a client #content article I’d been struggling with, and sent it off
- Pitched some new topics to a client (100% were accepted! yay!)
- Figured out (sort of) an #xcode issue I was having with provisioning profiles so I could send an update of #exist for #ios to my beta testers
- sent my weekly #newsletter
- did some reading for #uni